At the same time, Taiwan’s armed forces described the latest military exercise organized by China as “extremely provocative”. “Since 11 a.m., several groups of Chinese fighter jets and warships have conducted exercises around the Taiwan Strait and crossed the center line of the strait,” Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement. The center line is an unofficial but once largely enforced border that runs down the middle of the Taiwan Strait separating Taiwan and China, AFP reports. China has been holding large-scale military exercises around the island nation since Thursday to protest US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this week.
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